Nobody likes to wait for a new motorcycle to be announced, especially if you're a hardcore dirt bike fanatic who wants their favorite bike to be as up-to-date stylistically and performance-wise as possible. Therefore you can imagine the angst and frustration Suzuki RM-Z450 fans must have been experiencing for the past decade as the bike would only receive minor changes and improvements here and there. Well, good news! The wait is over. Suzuki has finally lifted the cover on an all-new RM-Z450. It looks slick and has some great advancements over the previous model as Suzuki explains in the press release below.
Brea, CA (June 28, 2017) –
Key New Advancements on the 2018 RM-Z450
Increased Engine Performance
Improved Throttle Response with Higher Peak Power
Evolved Traction Management System Helps the Bike Hook Up
Updated Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) Gets You Out Front
Advanced Cornering Performance
New Frame and Swingarm are Lighter with Excellent Strength
Refined Chassis Dimensions Blend Nimble Handling with Stability
Improved Coil-spring Fork Provides Great Performance and Easy Tuning
New Showa BFRC Rear Shock Delivers Remarkable Damping Response
Bridgestone X30 Tires bring Outstanding Grip
Improved Braking Performance
Larger Front Brake Increases Stopping Power and Feel
New, Compact Rear Master Cylinder is out of the Way of Mud and Boots
Aggressive New Styling Blends Function with Suzuki Racing Identity
Narrow Cockpit Lets Rider Move with Ease for Maximum Racing Performance
Developed using Suzuki’s RUN, TURN, and STOP philosophy that creates a Winning Balance between engine and chassis performance, the 2018 RM-Z450 has stronger brakes for better stopping power, a wider spread of engine muscle with higher peak power, and a frame that is stronger and lighter resulting in a nimble chassis that elevates the standard for cornering performance.
This new bike continues Suzuki’s tradition of producing the best handling motocross motorcycles available by arming the RM-Z450 with a redesigned aluminum, twin-spar frame and swingarm. Refined with new dimensions and weight distribution, this frame is accompanied by a new style Showa coil spring fork and an ultra-advanced Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) shock absorber. Similar to the design used on Suzuki’s potent GSX-R1000R, the BFRC shock (shown at left) brings advanced damping force control and stability to off-road competition.Fitted with a new, larger front brake rotor and a sleek new rear master cylinder, the RM-Z450 delivers improved stopping performance. A high level of grip and feedback is delivered to the rider via the RM-Z450’s new Bridgestone X30 tires mounted to the stronger, but lighter aluminum rims.
An evolved version of Suzuki’s Traction Management System helps the bike hook up regardless of the conditions, while an updated Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) system) gets the RM-Z450’s rider out in front with a stronger power surge out of the starting gate.
The RM-Z450’s aggressive new styling blends purpose with a strong Suzuki racing personality. The bike’s narrow cockpit lets the rider easily move around, blending with the chassis for maximum racing performance.
Function creates style as the bodywork flows from the front fender, into the number plate and radiator shrouds, through the slender seating area, then merging into the angled side covers and pointed tail.
Understated graphics with blue and black accents hover above the iconic Suzuki Championship Yellow bodywork, creating an innovative look that is instantly recognizable as a serious racing machine.
Always a successful racer, the RM-Z450 has delivered a world championship, seven AMA SX or MX championships, plus 19 national titles around the globe while securing more moto and overall wins in the US than any other 450-class bike in the last decade. Now, with this significant revision, the 2018 RM-Z450 is poised to be an even more formidable competitor.